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Intercultural Engagement Endorsement

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As our world grows more interconnected, the ability to interact, communicate, and collaborate with people across cultures becomes more essential. Bethel’s intercultural engagement endorsement combines courses and other experiences to help you develop an awareness of your own cultural beliefs, behaviors, history, practices, and values—and you'll be equipped to understand and appreciate those characteristics in others as well.

Goals and Outcomes

  • Develop skills that will help you communicate and collaborate across cultural differences.
  • Learn how to engage in meaningful interactions and develop personal relationships with a wide variety of people with different backgrounds.
  • Grow your appreciation for different perspectives, especially those rooted in cultural experience.
  • Understand how becoming more globally engaged enhances your experience as a Bethel student and prepares you for a global workforce.

Academic Requirements

To earn an endorsement in intercultural engagement, you'll need to complete the following academic requirements:

Core Courses (6-7 credits)

Choose two of the following:

  • World Cultures (U) course
  • Second Language (S) course
  • Comparative Systems (G) course

Required Experience (3-18 credits)

Choose one:

  • One semester abroad (12-18 credits)
  • One semester off-campus in a Bethel-approved domestic program that engages a different culture (12-18 credits)
  • One summer abroad (3-6 credits)
  • One January session abroad through an affiliated third-party provider (3-6 credits)

Required Activities

  • Membership in United Cultures of Bethel (UCB) for at least one semester
  • Attend five relevant events on campus (e.g. Reconciliation Studies forum) or off-campus (e.g. colloquium, reading, etc.)
  • Attend the Office of International and Off-Campus Programs' Pre-Departure Orientation and Re-entry workshops

Total Credits: 9-25

How to enroll

  1. Add the Intercultural Engagement Endorsement to your academic record
  2. Enroll in the endorsement at study-abroad.bethel.edu
    • Use this form as a way to track your completion progress 


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